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Composers & Musicians

  • Minstrel of the Appalachiansby Loyal Jones

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    It is said that Bascom Lamar Lunsford would "cross hell on a rotten rail to get a folk song" -- his Southern highlands folk-song compilations now constitute one of the largest collections of its kind in the Library of Congress -- but he did much more than acquire songs. He preserved and promoted the Appalachian mountain tradition for generations of... more...

  • Swing It!by John Sforza

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    In the years before and after World War II, there were no bigger voices than those of the Andrews Sisters. Maxene, LaVerne, and Patty charted more top ten Billboard hits than Elvis or the Beatles and went on to become the top-selling female vocal group of all time, selling approximately 100 million records. They recorded such instant hits as "Beer... more...

  • Hell-Bent For Musicby Wade Hall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Pee Wee King's birth on February 18, 1914, into a Milwaukee working-class Polish family named Kuczynski was hardly an indicator that he would grow up to become a pioneer and superstar of country and western music. Certainly no one in the Polish-German community of his youth could have foreseen his influence on the direction of American popular music... more...

  • Dulcimer Makerby R. Gerald Alvey; Ron Pen

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 19.95

    Dulcimer making has long been considered an art. The exquisite design is also functional, and the best instruments sound as beautiful as they look. Homer Ledford, a legend among dulcimer makers, is known for his innovative but traditional craftsmanship. A biography and a step-by-step guide to dulcimer making, this classic book illuminates and celebrates... more...

  • GI Jiveby Frank F. Mathias

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    "Frank Mathias was a teenager in a small town when the draft swept him into the army and then halfway around the world to the jungles of the South Pacific. He served in the huge invasion force in the Battle of Manila, the deadliest single battle of the Pacific War. As an army musician attached to the 37th Infantry Division, Mathias saw the war from... more...

  • It's the Cowboy Way!by Don Cusic

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    It's the Cowboy Way! tells the full story of the amazing true adventures of group members Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim, and Joey "The CowPolka King" for the first time, from their first gigs at "Herr Harry's Phranks 'N' Steins," in Nashville, to their rise to the top of the Grammy heap. Since 1977, Riders In The Sky has faithfully tended a... more...

  • Lou Reed: The Last Interviewby Lou Reed

    Melville House 2015; US$ 15.95

    A revealing collection of interviews with one of the greatest artists in the history of rock ?n? roll?as brilliant, punchy, and blustery as the man himself   In this collection of powerful interviews given over thirty years?including his final interview?Lou Reed oscillates between losing patience with his interviewers (he was famous for walking... more...

  • Schubert's Winter Journeyby Ian Bostridge

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 14.99

    An exploration of the world?s most famous and challenging song cycle, Schubert's Winter Journey ( Winterreise ), by a leading interpreter of the work, who teases out the themes?literary, historical, psychological?that weave through the twenty-four songs that make up this legendary masterpiece. Completed in the last months of the young Schubert?s... more...

  • The B Sideby Ben Yagoda

    Penguin Group US 2015; US$ 14.99

    From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era. Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it?s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn?t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but ?Come... more...

  • No Simple Highwayby Peter Richardson

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 12.99

    For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band.  No Simple Highway  is the first book to ask the simple question of why?and attempt to answer it. Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of material from the Grateful Dead archives, author Peter Richardson vividly recounts the Dead's colorful history,... more...